Go­ing Deep

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

Cam­bridge South Dorch­ester fresh­man Madi­son Pleas­ants hits one of her two home runs in a 13-4 vic­tory over Wash­ing­ton Fri­day, March 30. Pleas­ants has hit five home runs in five games on the sea­son. She also is 4-1 pitcher on the sea­son.

CAM­BRIDGE — Madi­son Pleas­ants is the gift that keeps on giv­ing for the Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester High soft­ball team this sea­son.

Less than 24 hours af­ter a 4-1 loss to Colonel Richard­son, the fresh­man pitcher was back in the cir­cle Fri­day morn­ing against Wash­ing­ton, de­liv­er­ing a per­for­mance that made that set­back look like it was 100 years ago.

Pleas­ants struck out 15 bat­ters while yield­ing just three hits for the se­cond game in a row, hit two homers and drove in five runs, as the Vik­ings de­feated the Jaguars, 13-4.

“I just came out hop­ing I could do some­thing good for the team,” Pleas­ants said. “I just wanted to help out, maybe do some­thing that could help us win, do what we’ve got to do.”

Pleas­ants (3-1) set the tone in the top of the first, strik­ing out the side. In the bot­tom of the in­ning, lead­off hit­ter Abby Robin­son (two hits, four steals, two runs, RBI) reached on a bunt sin­gle, stole se­cond and third, and scored on De­lanie Henry’s squeeze bunt for a 1-0 lead.

Af­ter Pleas­ants fanned two more in the top of the se­cond (another 1-2-3 in­ning), C-SD (3-1) added two runs in the bot­tom half. Brooke Wind­sor laid down a bunt sin­gle with one out, and scored on Adri­anne Kane’s fielder’s choice. Kane would score all the way from first with two outs when Ariah Matos’ sin­gle to left field was bob­bled, mak­ing it 3-0.

Wash­ing­ton (2-1) got on the board in the third, as Emily Davis beat out an in­field sin­gle, moved to se­cond on a passed ball, and scored on an in­field hit-and-er­ror off the bat of Erin Sink.

C-SD an­swered in the bot­tom of the in­ning, though. With one out and Mad­di­son Led­num on first af­ter a one-out bunt sin­gle, Pleas­ants clouted a Zoey Ni­chols fast­ball over the left field fence for a two-run homer and a 5-1 lead.

Pleas­ants was lethal with her rise-ball, get­ting nine Ks with it on the day.

“I would say my rise, or fast-up, that was a big one to get peo­ple out through­out the game,” Pleas­ants, who has been pitch­ing since age 10. “They had trou­ble hit­ting that.”

C-SD tacked on three runs in the fourth via Kane’s RBI sin­gle, Robin­son’s RBI grounder, and Henry’s run-scor­ing triple.

It was 9-1 af­ter five thanks to an RBI ground out by pinch-hit­ter Madi­son Ab­bott, which plated Pleas­ants’ cour­tesy run­ner, Kim Lar­ri­more.

Pleas­ants re-en­tered, and Wash­ing­ton, on its third time through the lineup, worked three walks and added a sin­gle by Car­ley Wal­ston, to score three times and pull to within 9-4. Ni­chols, Car­ley Wal­ston and her twin sis­ter Cam­ryn Wal­ston each scored that in­ning.

The Vik­ings an­swered with a two-out rally in the sixth. Robin­son reached on an in­field hit and stole her way to third. Henr y walked and Led­num beat out a bunt sin­gle.

Pleas­ants blasted her se­cond homer — a three-run shot — 25 feet over the left field fence to make it 13-4.

It stayed that way, as Pleas­ants re­tired the side in or­der in the sev­enth.

“I’m be­gin­ning to think that she’s not hu­man,” C-SD head coach Ka­reem Otey said. “She’s just got ice in her veins. She comes out ready on the mound, and ready at the plate — no mat­ter what kind of pitch­ing’s get­ting thrown at her.

“She’s just ready to go,” Otey added. “She’s all busi­ness when she steps out onto the dirt, and I like it.”

Wash­ing­ton as­sis­tant Katie O’Neal, in for head coach Emily Knuth who was out of town, was also im­pressed by Pleas­ants.

“Their pitcher was def­i­nitely good,” O’Neal said. “Our girls are def­i­nitely hit­ting the ball, though. They’re fo­cus­ing. They’re stay­ing con­fi­dent with each other; they’re back­ing each other up. I think over­all they’re do­ing good.”

Ni­chols, who fanned five, “was throw­ing strikes,” O’Neal said. “She’s good at place­ment. They were just hit­ting it to­day.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Madi­son Pleas­ants struck out 15 bat­ters against Wash­ing­ton Fri­day, March 30. She also hit two home runs on the day.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester third base­man Chloe War­rel fields a grounder and throws to first for an out against Wash­ing­ton Fri­day, March 30.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s De­lanie Henry rips a triple to left against Wash­ing­ton Fri­day, March 30.

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester third base­man Chloe War­rel fields a grounder and throws to first for an out Fri­day against Wash­ing­ton.

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